October 2013 Posts

Before Big Daddy’s Burgers …

I’ve been to Big Daddy’s Burgers in Piedmont a couple of times and liked it, I need to go again sometime. However, I have a memory of another diner, an even smaller one, just next door to Big Daddy’s, (to the left at the end of the building). When I was kid, likely in the mid-to-late 1980s, my Grandma took me there when we were visiting my Great Grandma at Viewcrest nursing home. I may have only been there once, maybe twice, but it made an impression, mostly due to it’s size, it was the very definition of a hole-in-the-wall diner. There was a lunch counter that ran most of the length of it, the cook made the food right behind it, I don’t think there were even any tables, just the counter since it was so small.

Does anyone remember this place, the name, and I know this is stretching it, but perhaps pictures? It’s just one of those childhood memories that has stuck with me, and I’d love a little history? Thanks in advance!

A little early with his Halloween jokes

Duluth News Tribune cartoon by R. D. Handy from 100 years ago — Oct. 23, 1913.

Duluth bands, time to register for Midwest Music Fest in Winona

Midwest Music Fest is an annual three-day music festival every April in Winona and is a hell of a party. Duluth bands, submit your application and consider it a warm up for Homegrown Music Festival. There is even an official kickball game too! Apply by Nov. 1 to secure your spot.

Previous Duluth artists at the festival have included the Black-eyed Snakes, Charlie Parr, Haley Bonar, Matt Ray and those Damn Horses and others.

Poll Crazy

I think you folks are getting a little too poll crazy.

Poll: Best Asian Food in the Duluth Area

The nominations are in; now it’s time to pick the finalists.

Which restaurant serves the best Asian food?

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This poll is now closed. The restaurants advancing to the final round are Hanabi Japanese Cuisine, Pak’s Green Corner, Taste of Saigon and Sala Thai.

Abraham Lincoln was here … bro

Poll: Best Burgers in the Duluth Area

Let the elimination round begin.

Which restaurant serves the best burgers?

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This poll is now closed. The restaurants advancing to the final round are the Anchor Bar and Fitger’s Brewhouse.

This week: spoooooky stuff – like curling and city planning


Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

There’s a whole lot of Halloween going on in this town this week with haunted ships, shacks, houses, a terror train and a scary aquarium.

Ever want to learn to curl? The Duluth Curling Club is holding Curling Clinics on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Give your input on the reconstruction of Superior Street at a community meeting at Greysolon Plaza on Tuesday.

Zinema 2 continues its “Silent Film, Loud Score” series with Portrait of a Drowned Man scoring L’Inferno, a 1911 silent film based loosely on The Divine Comedy on Friday and Saturday.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

Rock and Roll Kamikaze Box Stolen

The Rock and Roll Kamikaze sign-up box was stolen this past weekend. I have put up a new box, so if you knew anyone who signed up or wanted to sign up, there is a new box. Go to Pizza Lucé or message me (Heiko) and I will put you in.

Saving the Great North Woods

No doubt that many in the PDD audience have already read the “Saving the Great North Woods” cover story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. For those who have not, it is certainly worth a look.

Saving the Great North Woods

Poll: Best Pizza in the Duluth Area

The nominations are in, and it’s time to whittle down the options. So we ask …

Who makes the best pizza?

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This poll is now closed. The restaurants advancing to the final round are Pizza Lucé, Sammy’s Pizza, Thirsty Pagan Brewing and Vintage Italian Pizza.

Shopping on a Fall Day

Today was cold, it was oftentimes overcast, and I was kind of depressed. So I went shopping.

Self Portraits While Checking Camera Settings, Summer 2013

Every time I turn my GoPro on to check the settings, it takes an accidental self-portrait. I junked the first ones before realizing these random shots could function as a record. So this is what summer 2013 in Duluth, MN was like, which I spent dressing as Aquaman and recreating in the water.

The Getarounds are not breaking up

The Getarounds (Dan Dresser and Gaelynn Lea) are going on a haitus, but not before making this video:

Perfect Lunch Restaurant: Northern Waters Smokehaus

When it comes to lunch in Duluth, the sandwich is king. Not one pizza place, burger joint or Asian restaurant managed to crack the top four in Perfect Duluth Day’s poll to determine the best lunch restaurants. Furthermore, the place with the best sandwiches in town, Northern Waters Smokehaus, smoked the competition. A solid majority of 55.4 percent of voters agreed Northern Waters is the best mid-day meal around.

Clearly the deliciousness is no secret — there’s almost always a noon-hour line at Northern Waters.


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